Having just moved from Colorado back to Ohio after 11 years (not by my choice), I'm really depressed to hear the bad reports on Snowshoe. I'm also surprised to hear Seven Springs is highly regarded? My memories of Seven Springs is that it was kind of overcroweded and overpriced. Also, someone mentioned how good the skiers were there, not sure how skiers can be much different than anywhere else give the proximity to Pitt.
I have plenty of gripes about Snowshoe, but after skiing three weeks out west last season (one in Jackson, two at Alta) I have to admit that my best powder day was at Snowshoe in February. Just happened to be the perfect combination of snow and timing. So don't write it off just yet.
My advice is to NOT go there on a weekend mid-season, as it's a zoo and totally not worth it. On the other hand, if you hit a powder day in the middle of the week, it can be fantastic there. Snowshoe is probably the snowiest resort in the mid-Atlantic (followed closely by Timberline) and they often get very nice powder. Just remember, AVOID WEEKENDS! In terms of cost, get a condo and pack/cook your own food, and it can be fairly reasonable.